Mapha­laleni school to open in 2019

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Mbono Md­luli

EMPHUMELELWENI High School will op­er­ate from next year.

For­mer Mapha­laleni MP Mab­u­lala Maseko said teach­ers’ houses were be­ing built, adding that they could house not less than four teach­ers.

Other de­vel­op­ments that have taken place, ac­cord­ing to Maseko, in­cluded fenc­ing of the school.

Elec­tric­ity and wa­ter was al­ready avail­able, ac­cord­ing to the for­mer MP. The school has 10 toi­lets al­ready; four will be re­served for girls and the same num­ber of toi­lets for boys, and teach­ers have been al­lo­cated two toi­lets.

He said they would now ap­proach the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing and in­form them that they had made all the prepa­ra­tions at the school.

They would fur­ther ask the min­istry to pro­vide teach­ers to the school. Maseko said they needed six teach­ers to teach at the school, in­clud­ing the prin­ci­pal who should al­ready be at the school to start mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for next year.

Maseko said three class­rooms were now ready to ac­com­mo­date pupils from pri­mary schools within the three chief­doms (Mapha­laleni, Mfeni, and Mcen­geni).

He said the school would only ad­mit Form One pupils and other classes would be in­tro­duced as the years pro­gressed.

The school was sup­posed to start work­ing when schools opened for the year 2018.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Dr. Phineas Ma­g­a­g­ula, when he went to in­spect the con­struc­tion of the school in Au­gust last year, said the plan was to en­sure that at least by this time, part of the school should be op­er­a­tional.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the prob­lem was that the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing was sort­ing out prob­lems per­tain­ing to teach­ers’ posts.

The dead­line for such was even­tu­ally shifted to April this year. How­ever, the April dead­line has passed with­out the prob­lems be­ing solved.

The school is sit­u­ated at Mfeni, which is un­der the lead­er­ship of act­ing Chief Al­bert Nkam­bule.

This means pri­mary schools sit­u­ated in the three chief­doms men­tioned above were the ones that were sup­posed to di­rectly ben­e­fit from the ex­is­tence of the high school.

Cur­rently, there are about 17 pri­mary schools and three high schools in the Mapha­laleni Inkhundla, which in­cludes 10 chief­doms.

This makes the sit­u­a­tion, in terms of ed­u­ca­tion ac­cess, bad be­cause many young girls end up get­ting mar­ried at a very young age be­cause they have nowhere to go af­ter com­plet­ing their pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

Boys end up do­ing some­thing not ac­cept­able be­cause they have dif­fi­cul­ties in ac­cess­ing their high school ed­u­ca­tion.

GOOD NEWS: For­mer Mapha­laleni MP Mab­u­lala Maseko.

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